Artist Interview with Gene Shinozaki, professional beatboxer

After getting his start as a busker on the streets of Boston, Gene Shinozaki has gone on to become a world class professional beatboxer, musician, performer and artist. He sat down with me recently via telephone to answer a few questions abou the state of beatboxing and what he has planned for the upcoming All…

Exploring the Surreal at the Franklin Park Pop-Up Art Grove

When it was announced that a Pop-up Art Grove in Franklin Park was planned for August, my curiosity was piqued.   In the past few years, the city has been working hard to revitalize the area with an ambitious agenda of rotating public art installations but this was the first time I’d ever heard of a…

A Maze of Colour: “Pentalum” at the Lawn on D

From the sidewalk it looked like King Koopa decided to take a rest after a long day of trying to kidnap Princess Peach and conquer the Mushroom Kingdom. Presented by the Architects of Air, and designed by Alan Parkinson, “Pentalum” is a luminarium which is similar to an enormous luminaria, or paper lantern, that people…

Music and Community converge at the Somerville Porchfest

With my fingers crossed for no rain, I headed to Somerville’s PorchFest last Saturday May 16th.   Started in 2011 PorchFestis a decentralized music show/crawl that spans Somerville over the course of an afternoon.  Its exactly the kind of event that you expect in an area known for its high density of artists and students, where…